About the Cover: Hogg’s “Justified Sinner: With An Afterword”

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”255″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”the back cover” font_container=”tag:h1|font_size:40|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1479911179254{margin-top: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text]The back cover features “A Scots Mummy. In a Letter from James Hogg” as published in the August 1823 edition of Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine. It’s addressed to Sir Christopher North, and mentioned on page 376 in this edition (as in the original novel).

It also includes a compass rose adapted from a 1771 map of Scotland with the roads, from the latest surveys by Thomas Kitchin appears in the upper right.

The text of chapter 17, verse 5, of The Revelation of Saint John the Devine in the The King James Bible (1611) is also pictured on the back cover. The verse reads: “And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of || Harlots, and Abomination of The Earth (|| or, fornications.).”

Also included at the bottom of the back cover is the front page of The Edinburgh Advertiser from August 1 1823, that includes an advertisement for Blackwood’s Magazine.

Underneath, is a copy of the “Fac Simile” from the frontispiece of the original, which also appears at the beginning of this edition as well.

And much like the narratives in the book, each element is both a riddle and a clue…[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1480650104663{padding-top: 25px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”the front cover” font_container=”tag:h1|font_size:40|text_align:right” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1479911321550{margin-top: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text]While the back cover features historical elements—and several clues about “the curse”—the front cover of this edition features the lettering from the original 1824 title page. The lettering was used to create the additional subtitle: With An Afterword; Revealing Secrets of The Curse.

Another feature of the front cover is that it preserves the anonymity of the original. The name of the author, James Hogg, is not listed on the cover. Likewise, the name of the producer of this edition and author of the “Afterword,” Jaix Chaix, is not listed on the cover as well.

After reading this edition, hopefully it will become clear why James Hogg deliberately wanted anonymity, and how it is an integral part of the design of the original book—and a significant part of a key illusion (if not delusion) Hogg intended to produce.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”257″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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